Saturday, 23 October 2021

Children roar on charity rowers in Atlantic bid

CHILDREN at Peppard Primary School dressed as lions in support of a charity rowing challenge.

CHILDREN at Peppard Primary School dressed as lions in support of a charity rowing challenge.

Pupils were given a talk by Dave Middleton, who is to take part in the 3,000-mile Atlantic Rowing Race, and his brother Nick, who rows for Leander Club in Henley.

Dave and three crew-mates, Matt Townsend, Joe Mile and Charlie Hayward, will attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua, beginning on December 16.

The men, who are called the Atlantic Lions, will have to row in pairs for two hours at a time 24 hours a day for about 50 days in order to complete the challenge.

The brothers were thrilled with the reception from the 100 pupils.



Nick said: “It was really good. We were expecting a few of the kids to have face paint on but they had all got dressed up. They all seemed engrossed by the talk. We showed them the food Dave would be eating and dressed one of them up in a survival suit.”

The brothers judged the best lion costume and a competition for the best “roar” and presented the prizes to the winners.

Headteacher Nick Steele said: “The children thought it was fantastic. They really enjoyed themselves and loved dressing up. Dave was a great example for the children and showed them what good they can do if they put their minds to it.”

The rowers are hoping to raise £100,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust and have already raised almost £80,000.

They were inspired to take part in the race by the Middleton brothers’ uncle Gary Mayrick, who died from MS in 2009.

To support them, visit www.atlanticlions.com/support



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